The project has built the confidence of the participants and also changed how the participants are perceived and received in the community. The audience is made up of not just family members but also people from throughout the community including employers, colleagues, friends, neighbours, theatre-goers. One Tribe has opened the eyes of the audience to the ability of the participants, not their disability (not just on stage but in all aspects of everyday life). Participants are seen as more able and less limited. For the participants they gain confidence from working in what they see as a mainstream venue rather than something based in “service land.”
It encourages, facilitates and supports access and participation in creativity which adds immeasurably to the wellbeing of the participants. One Tribe empowers and enables the participants to have a greater sense of identity, of culture and of active citizenship in their community. One Tribe 2020 intends to expand into the community beyond Athlone. We face considerable challenges to ensure that the project can continue while respecting COVID-19 restrictions. Our goal is to deliver a creative experience for all of the One Tribe participants. We hope to create regional One Tribe creative hubs in Athlone, Ballymahon and Moate. Working in smaller groups and closer to home, participants can maintain a social distance and still communicate and connect in a creative environment.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.